Overture to The Barber of Seville Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), arr. Richard McHenry Voices of Venezuela Venezuelan Folk, arr. Gudrun Hinze I. Estilo II. La Partida III. Camino Pelao Say Something Pentatonix (2011-), arr. Joanne Wheeler Tico-Tico no Fuba Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935), arr. April Cheung Nimbus 2000 John Williams (1932-), arr. Bobby Lapinsky Lord of the Rings Howard Shore (1946-), arr. Joanne Wheeler Slavonic Dance Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), arr. Bobby Lapinsky Daft Punk Pentatonix, arr. April Cheung
In Radiance has been performing together since 2014, beginning as a chamber group coached by Marco Granados at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. Ever since the group's first performance, which included an arrangement of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe, In Radiance has shaken up the traditional concert model as they continue to explore new ways to engage audiences, passionate about Teaching Artistry. The members of In Radiance hail from New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Texas, making them a mobile chamber ensemble and presenting the unique opportunity to reach out to communities across the country. Examples of the group's innovative concerts include the concert series "And the Winner Is...", in which the audience members choose the program pieces, and "Leaping Neurons", an interactive concert premiering in June 2017 at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.
As advocates for new music, In Radiance commissions new pieces and arrangements for flute quintet to help expand the repertoire for this instrumentation and support composers. Their EP, released in February 2016, features some of these original arrangements. Their most recent performances were in Minneapolis for the National Flute Association Convention this August.
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April Cheung's relationship with the flute was not love at first sight. After the piano and oboe, then failure to make a sound on her first flute lesson, she never put the flute down after 15 years. She took her flute to Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Boston, and now in Denver. Through her experiences in these cities, she has learned the importance of a mind and body connection through training in yoga, Alexander Technique, body mapping, and long arduous hikes. She also loves electronic music and will be spending time delving into this new sound world in future endeavors. April believes in the importance of social justice and equal opportunity, spending time volunteering for El Sistema Colorado and teaching flute sectionals at Adams City High School through the educational outreach program of Colorado Wind Ensemble. She also teaches private lessons and flute and piano lessons at Neighborhood Music Stapleton.
April received her Master of Music Degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and her Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance from Northern Arizona University. Her teachers include Marco Granados and Emily McKay. She has served as principal flutist of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and the Northern Arizona University Orchestra. April has performed in masterclasses for Trevor Wye, William Bennett, Lorna McGhee, Jennifer Grim, Stephanie Jutt, and Michelle Stanley.
Maria Gabriela Alvarado has built a career in the United States as a respected performer and pedagogue of baroque and modern flute. As a member of El Sistema, Venezuela's renowned Youth Orchestras' System, Ms. Alvarado was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Barquisimeto Youth Orchestra, National Flute Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Lara Symphony Orchestra. As recitalist, Ms. Alvarado has performed solo concerts throughout the United States, Germany, and South America. She is in high demand as a chamber music performer and enjoys collaborating in numerous chamber music projects. Ms. Alvarado is a founding member of In Radiance, a Boston-based flute quintet dedicated to developing and promoting repertoire for this instrumentation.
While at the University of North Texas, Ms. Alvarado co-founded Trio Amaranti. This ensemble performs on period instruments and is dedicated to the interpretation of historic works, as well as contemporary music. As a performer of baroque flute, Ms. Alvarado will be attending for the second time the prestigious American Bach Soloists Academy in California. She was awarded a full tuition scholarship for this program.
Currently, Ms. Alvarado is completing doctoral studies in flute performance at the University of North Texas, where she also served as a Teaching Fellow in flute performance. She holds a Master of Music Degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Atlantic Union College. Her primary teachers are Mary Karen Clardy, Christoph Hammer, Lee Lattimore, Paul Leenhouts, Marco Granados, Na'ama Lion, Goetz Bammes, Eduardo Gomez, and Victor Hugo Rojas.
Joanne Wheeler is a Boston area flutist and music educator. She performs regularly with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra as a substitute flutist, and for the Beethoven Society of Melrose, MA. Other performing experience includes the Curry College Pit Orchestra, Ip Piano School, Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley, Longy Conservatory Orchestra, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. A supporter of new music, she has also performed with Strange Interlude, Longitude New Music Ensemble, the Syracuse University New Music Ensemble, and has worked with composers Andrew Waggoner, Peter Kramer, Dr. Peter J. Evans, and Dr. Joseph Downing.
In addition to performing, Joanne is also an experienced music educator. She is on the faculty at the Suzuki School of Newton as a Musicianship teacher, where she enjoys teaching music theory and solfege to a range of beginning and intermediate Suzuki students. She maintains a small flute studio in the Boston area, and teaches general music at Wellesley Middle School. As a Teaching Artist, she has given workshops about Luciano Berio's Sequenza I at the Boston Flute Academy, Boston Flute Festival, and various community organizations.
In 2014 Joanne graduated from the Longy School of Music of Bard College with a Master's Degree in Flute Performance as a student of Marco Granados. In 2010, she graduated from Syracuse University with a B.M. in Music Education with Performance Honors, where she studied with the principal of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Deborah Coble. She has also studied with Dr. Katherine Kemler at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, Dana DiGennaro in Syracuse, NY, and Sandrine Francois at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France.
Joanne holds an Initial Teaching License for Music, grades K-12 in Massachusetts, a Teaching Artist Certificate, Suzuki Flute Books 1 and 2 Certifications.
Laura Pillman holds Teaching Fellowships in the Center for Chamber Music and Instrumental Studies divisions at the University of North Texas. She is in demand as a performer of new and electroacoustic compositions and was contracted for a performance at the 41st International Computer Music Conference. Ms. Pillman performed as a soloist with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Coeur d'Alene International Young Artist Competition, and recently returned from Romania as a competitor in the 16th Gheorge Dima International Music Competition. She was recently named the alternate in the Texas State MTNA Young Artists Competition and has been a prizewinner in the Oklahoma Flute Society Young Artists Competition. As a member of the Pierre Monteux School and Ohio Light Opera orchestras, Ms, Pillman has extensive orchestral and opera experience. She is an active chamber musician and her woodwind quintet won Baldwin Wallace University's Ovation Award in 2012. Her main teachers include Mary Karen Clardy, Conor Nelson, and George Pope.
Flutist, Pianist, and Teaching Artist Stacey Chou has been playing the flute since age 8 and piano since age 5. She earned her Graduate Performance Diploma and Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College under the tutelage of Marco Granados. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, studying under Vincent Lenti. At Longy, she had teaching assistantships with the Teaching Artist Program and the El Sistema Side-by-Side youth orchestra program. She was also a winner in the annual Longy Honors Competition and was awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Artistry. Stacey is a founding member of the flute quintet, In Radiance, which performed at the National Flute Conventions in 2016 and 2017. Stacey currently resides in Boston, MA, where she teaches piano and flute, performs regularly, leads workshops, is an accompanist at her church, and a flutist and piccoloist with the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast.